Thierry Henry loses a new player on the day of the gathering for the Games

Thierry Henry loses a new player on the day of the gathering for the Games
Thierry Henry loses a new player on the day of the gathering for the Games

According to L’Equipe, Maxime Estève will not participate in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games with the French team. The central defender was blocked by his club Burnley.

His puzzle is undoubtedly far from over. Faced with a barrage of refusals to build the best possible team for the Paris Olympic Games, Thierry Henry heard some bad news again.

According to information from L’Equipe, Maxime Estève will not be there. While the French team must gather this Sunday at Clairefontaine to start their preparation, the 22-year-old central defender was blocked by his club Burnley. The Clarets would have justified this decision by the injury of one of their players.

The July 3 deadline

Trained and revealed in Montpellier, Estève joined the Premier League last winter for 12 million euros. Although he immediately established himself under the orders of Vincent Kompany, he was unable to prevent his team’s relegation to the Championship. However, he could remain in the first division since his name is circulating in particular around Everton.

Before Estève, Henry had already lost the Lille players Lucas Chevalier, Bafodé Diakité and Leny Yoro, the Parisians Bradley Barcola and Warren Zaire-Emery as well as the Munich player Mathys Tel. All appeared in his first list communicated on June 3 but all were ultimately blocked by their clubs. As the Olympic tournament is not registered on the FIFA dates, the latter are not obliged to release their players.

Henry has until July 3 to send a final list of 18 players to Fifa and the IOC. Meeting this Sunday, the Bleuets will have three preparation matches, in Bayonne against Paraguay on July 4, then in Toulon against the Dominican Republic on July 11 and Japan on July 17. They will begin the Olympics on July 24 against the United States at the Marseille Vélodrome.

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